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Dean, Molecular Analysis and Genetic Improvement Center

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South China Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Xingke Road #723, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510650, China



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Academic Education & Work Career

Dr. Hou (Xingliang Hou) received his B.S. and M.S. from Northeast Agricultural University in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and his Ph.D from Zhejiang University in 2004. After postdoctoral research at National Uinversity of Singapore and Temasek Life Science Laboratory from 2006-2011, he joined SCBG as a Professor   in 2012.

Research Interest

Plant Phytohormone Regulation

Supported Projects





  1. Yuge Li, Yuhua Yang, Yilong Hu, Hailun Liu, Ming He, Ziyin Yang, Fanjiang Kong, Xu Liu, and Xingliang Hou* (2019) DELLA and EDS1 form a feedback regulatory module to fine-tune plant growth-defense tradeoff in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant 12, 1485-1498 (IF=10.812) 

  2.  He Sun, Zhu Qiao, Khi Pin Chua, Alma Tursic, Xu Liu, Yong-Gui Gao, Yuguang Mu, Xingliang Hou, Yansong Miao* (2018) Profilin negatively regulates formin-mediated actin assembly to modulate PAMP-triggered plant immunity. Current Biology pii: S0960-9822(18)30517-7. (IF=9.251)Yilong Hu, Limeng Zhou, Mingkun Huang, Xuemei He, Yuhua Yang, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2018) Gibberellins play an essential role in late embryogenesis of Arabidopsis. Nature Plants 4, 289-298 (IF=11.471).

  3. Xu Liu, Yuhua Yang, Yilong Hu, Limeng Zhou, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2018) Temporal-Specific Interaction of NF-YC and CURLY LEAF during the Floral Transition Regulates Flowering. Plant Physiology 177, 105-114. (IF=5.949)

  4.  Xu Liu and Xingliang Hou* (2018) Antagonistic Regulation of ABA and GA in Metabolism and Signaling Pathways. Frontiers in Plant Science 9, 251. (IF=3.678)273. (IF=8.827)

  5. Tang Y., Liu X., Liu X., Li Y., Wu K., and Hou X. (2017) Arabidopsis NF-YCs mediate the light-controlled hypocotyl elongation via modulating histone acetylation. Mol. Plant 10, 260

  6.  Lu S., Zhao X., Hu Y., Liu S., Nan H., Li X., Fang C., Cao D., Shi X., Kong L., Su T., Zhang F., Li S., Wang Z., Yuan X., Cober E. R., Weller J. L., Liu B., Hou X., Tian Z., and Kong F. (2017) Natural variation at the soybean J locus improves adaptation to the tropics and enhances yield. Nat Genet. 49, 773–779. (IF=27.959)

  7. Xu Liu, Pengwei Hu, Mingkun Huang, Yang Tang, Yuge Li, Ling Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2016) The NF-YCRGL2 module integrates GA and ABA signaling to regulate seed germination in Arabidopsis. Nature Communications 7, 12768. (IF2015-2016=11.327) 

  8. Lisha Shen, Zhe Liang, Xiaofeng Gu, Ying Chen, Zhi Wei Norman Teo, Xingliang Hou, Weiling Maggie Cai, Peter C. Dedon, Lu Liu, and Hao Yu* (2016) N6-Methyladenosine RNA Modification Regulates Shoot Stem Cell Fate in Arabidopsis. Developmental Cell 38, 186-200. (IF2015-2016=9.338)

  9.   Mingkun Huang, Yilong Hu, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2015) Arabidopsis LEAFY COTYLEDON1 mediates postembryonic development via interacting with PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR 4. The Plant Cell 27, 3099-3111. (IF2015-2016=8.538)

  10.  Mingkun Huang, Yilong Hu, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2015) Arabidopsis LEAFY COTYLEDON1 controls cell fate determination during post-embryonic development. Frontiers in Plant Science 6, 955. (IF2015-2016=4.495)

  11.  Xingliang Hou*, Jiannan Zhou, Chang Liu, Lu Liu, Lisha Shen, and Hao Yu* (2014) Nuclear factor Y-mediated H3K27me3 demethylation of the SOC1 locus orchestrates flowering responses of Arabidopsis. Nature Communications 5, 4601. (IF2014=11.47)

  12.  Xingliang Hou, Lihua Ding and Hao Yu (2013) Crosstalk between GA and JA signaling mediates plant growth and defense. Plant Cell Report 32, 1067-1074

  13.  Lu Liu, Chang Liu, Xingliang Hou, Wanyan Xi, Lisha Shen, Zhen Tao, Yue Wang and Hao Yu (2012) An ER membrane protein regulates the export of FT protein from phloem companion cells in Arabidopsis. PLoS Biology 10, e1001313

  14. Li Yen Candy Lee*, Xingliang Hou*, Lei Fang, Shuguo Fan, Prakash P. Kumar, and Hao Yu (2012) STUNTED mediates GA control of cell proliferation in Arabidopsis. Development 139, 1568-1576. (*co-first author)

  15.  Lei Fang, Xingliang Hou, Li Yen Candy Lee, Lu Liu, Xiaojing Yan and Hao Yu (2011) AtPV42a and AtPV42b redundantly regulate reproductive development in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE 6, e19033

  16.  Xingliang Hou, Li Yen Candy Lee, Kuaifei Xia, Yuanyuan Yan and Hao Yu (2010) DELLAs modulate jasmonate signaling via competitive binding to JAZs. Developmental Cell 19, 884–894

  17. Wanyan Xi, Chang Liu, Xingliang Hou and Hao Yu (2010) MOTHER OF FT AND TFL1 regulates seed germination through a negative feedback Loop modulating ABA signaling in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 22, 1733-1748

  18. Xingliang Hou*, Wen-wei Hu*, Lisha Shen, Li Yen Candy Lee, Zhen Tao, Jinhua Han and Hao Yu (2008) Global identification of DELLA target genes during Arabidopsis flower development. Plant Physiology 147, 1126-1142 (*co-first author)

  19. Xingliang Hou, Ping Wu, Fangchan Jiao, Qiaojun Jia, Hanmin Chen, Jie Yu, Xinwei Song and Keke Yi (2005) Regulation of the expression of OsIPS1 and OsIPS2 in rice via systemic and local Pi signaling and hormones. Plant Cell and Environment 28, 353–364

  20. Yu Chao, Hou Xingliang and Wu Ping (2005) The effects of phosphorus, glucose and cytokinin on SEN1 gene expression in Arabidopsis. Acta Phytophysiologica Sinica. 植物生理与分子生物学学报31, 85-89

  21.  Ping Wu, Ligeng Ma, Xingliang Hou, Mingyi Wang, Yunrong Wu, Feiyang Liu and Xingwang Deng (2003) Phosphate starvation triggers distinct alterations of genome expression in Arabidopsis roots and leaves. Plant Physiology 132, 1260-12719

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